#001: How to Deal with Students Who Interrupt

It's LIVE! the Teach Joyfully Podcast is finally up and running. Here's the highlights from the first episode.

This episode is all about classroom management and how to deal with students who interrupt. This is an age old problem. And although we're teaching online and can ignore the problem by muting students' microphones, eventually we'll be back in the classroom and the problem won't have gone away. So, now's the time to prepare.

You can listen to this podcast episode here The highlights are below.

Let me tell you a little story.

Recently, I was working in a small private school, the teacher in this room had asked for my help in managing students who were constantly interrupting - interrupting other students, interrupting during independent work time interrupting the teacher when she was trying to teach in small group time. You get the idea. I'm sure you've been there. So, I came in and observed for a bit as the class went about their normal routines.

Now when I do that, I'm not there to judge anyone. I'm just getting the lay of the land so I know where the problems are and where to begin assisting a teacher to find solutions that will work for them.

Every teacher, every class and every school system are different. We have to make adjustments based on real people and real situations. Well, it didn't take me long to figure out that our teacher friend had done everything right to set up her system so beautifully, except for a few small details.

She had not spent enough time training her students and she had hoarded all the control for herself. Now we all know, teaching is fast paced. It's hard enough to find time to eat much less go to the bathroom. You have to have a plan ready every day to hit the ground running for everything. You know, when you're prepared. You feel it when you walk in the door.

Here's a peek at what's in the episode:

  • Why multitasking [trying to handle interruptions while you're teaching] doesn't work.
  • How to identify the breaks [types and when they happen] in your system so you can create fixes to the interrupting problems.
  • Find out why scarcity of teacher time and attention is a trigger and what to do about it.
  • Here's how you're going to create a new, improved culture of trust and responsibility. 
  • My do-over strategy and autopilot just might be your new best friends.
  • How to get started retraining your students. 
  • Consistency is definitely key. Here's a few tips to make that happen.

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You've got this!

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Links mentioned in this episode: 

Books for teaching about desired classroom behaviors*:

Listen Bunny by Helen Lester

  Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones



*Note: These books are linked to an affiliate account for H.O.P.E. Education, LLC. If you purchase any of these through the links provided, I may receive a small fee. Please know I NEVER recommend books or products I don't fully believe in and use myself. 



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